May 11, 2013
Charlie Kimball 2013 IICS Indy 500 Race Preview
Press Release

2013 IICS Driver Charlie Kimball sits in the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda/Firestone/Dallara car - Photo Credit: INDYCAR
2013 IICS Driver Charlie Kimball sits in the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda/Firestone/Dallara car - Photo Credit: INDYCAR
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Indianapolis 500 Advance Notes


Race: Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 26
Driver: Charlie Kimball @racewithinsulin
Cars: No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
TV: ABC Network (12:00 PM ET)
Social: @CGRTeams #TeamGanassi
Location: Speedway, Indiana


Ganassi’s IMS Glory:  Ganassi’s history at IMS over the years includes five wins as a team owner in the Indianapolis 500 (1989, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012) in addition to winning the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400.  Ganassi was also the fastest rookie qualifier in the 1983 Indianapolis 500 en route to his career-best eighth-place finish. 

Leading Lap:  The 2012 Indianapolis 500 had 10 different lap leaders, tying the 1980, 1995, 1998 and 2011 races for second-highest number of lap leaders along with a record 34 lead changes.  Kimball and the No. 83 team made their mark in last year’s race in leading their first career laps for a total of three laps on the 2.5-mile oval.  Kimball has already tied his laps led tally from 2012 this season, in leading three laps at Barber Motorsports Park. 

Track Facts:  Brad Goldberg, engineer of the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda, sheds some light on what makes Indianapolis Motor Speedway unique to an IZOD IndyCar Series team… “The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a vision of Carl Fisher’s in 1905.   A place that was born for design, innovation, and craftsmanship which still is true today.  A place that not only is iconic, but also legendary.  A place so big you can fit the entire Vatican City, The Rose Bowl, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, The Roman Coliseum, and Wimbledon Campus combined inside the track.  For an engineer, it’s the scariest, most rewarding, and most exciting event we do.  The track seems so simple because it’s just four corners, two short straights, and two long straights.  Yet, when you talk to anyone that has ever been to Indianapolis, it’s not.  The four corners, even though they look the same by eye, are all very distinctly different; every driver will tell you that.  In qualifying, pay attention to one critical element that costs very little, but can mean the difference between making it around the corner or not.  That element – the windsock on top of the scoring tower!  Look carefully as the driver comes down the front straight, you will catch a glimpse of him just peeking to see which direction the sock is blowing.  He will make a small correction of how he approaches each corner based on that little sock.  He will do this every lap he is on the race track.  When traveling at 230 mph, a little gust of wind is sometimes all it takes to lose control.  Turn one is arguably the hardest on the track, as a driver comes off turn four on to the front stretch.  The front stretch is lined with very tall grandstands on both sides of the track, giving you tunnel vision the length of the straight.  Meanwhile, at the end of the straight, you are staring at a concrete wall that is rapidly approaching.  At the end of the straight, you have to turn left at 230 mph, and hope the car does not lose control.  Each corner you pull close to 4G’s. During the 500 mile race a 150 lb driver will feel like 600 lbs – 800 times.  Qualifying day at Indianapolis is extremely stressful for an IZOD IndyCar Series engineer, the car for outright speed has to be low drag / low downforce and setup to not slow down.  In order to do this, there is a thin red line of what will make it around the corner and what will not.  “Trust” is the common theme on pole day.  A driver has to trust the engineer is making the right decision, a decision that will not cause him to lose control and crash, a decision that can go wrong so fast, but a decision when right is one of the greatest feelings in the world – a true sense of accomplishment!  Indianapolis is not about track facts, or race cars.  Indianapolis is about a team coming together for one common goal, for one common bond, for one common theme.  Indianapolis is about glory!”

A Change of Scenery:  For the second time this season the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing entry will carry NovoLog FlexPen branding.  Kimball had previously run the NovoLog FlexPen scheme in Round 1, followed by the Race With Insulin scheme in Round 2 and 3 and a Novo Nordisk scheme in Round 4 at Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The return to the distinctive orange and blue livery will be in place for the Indianapolis 500 and each race of the season, until the Honda Indy Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, July 13th.


Follow Team Novo Nordisk on Twitter:  Continue to follow Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing on their official team Twitter page.  Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.83 crew throughout the 2013 season by following “@CGRTeams”.

CGRT Mobile App:  Download the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams mobile app for the latest driver news, event information, social media updates and exclusive content.  Head to the iTunes store and check it out:


@racewithinsulin:  “Up in South Bend, IN visiting a few local hospitals with some friends from @novonordiskus! Talking about the month of May and the #indy500!” 


Charlie Kimball and No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team

Kimball Cares:  After racing in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Kimball again used his off-week to help the local community by visiting a Lutheran Children’s Hospital to inspire kids living with diabetes in Fort Wayne, Ind.  In his visit, Charlie spoke to students about living with diabetes, the month of May and racing in the Indianapolis 500 and how he began his racing career.  Since the start of the 2013 season, Kimball has already visited nine different youth-based events to give back to the community. 

Indianapolis History:  In his rookie season of 2011, Kimball made history as the first licensed driver living with diabetes to race in the Indianapolis 500.  Kimball started his first 500-mile race from 28th and would cross the finish line in 13th-place as the second-highest finishing rookie.  This will be his third start in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his 36th IZOD IndyCar Series career start. 

Oval Stats:  Kimball has 12 starts at oval tracks in his IZOD IndyCar career.  In those 12 starts he has accumulated three top-10s, seven top-15 finishes and led three laps.

A Perfect 10:  Kimball has top-10 finishes in two of the four IZOD IndyCar Series races this season, which ties his tally of two top-10 results at this point of the season in 2012. 

Penny for your Thoughts:  Ever wonder what Charlie and his team were up to during a typical race weekend?  Check out Charlie’s live blog for race weekend schedules, post-practice thoughts, race day preparations, and behind-the-scenes photos. 

Last Time at the Indianapolis 500:  Kimball matched his then career-best finish of eighth in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 and also his best finish on an oval.  The finish came in his 22nd career IZOD IndyCar Series start and second at the Indianapolis 500.  Kimball led his first career laps on the 2.5-mile oval for a total of three laps.  Kimball held a top-five position for 23 laps.  With only six laps to go, Kimball would advance three positions from 11th where he would hold his final position of eighth.  In his two starts at the Indianapolis 500, Kimball has a 21.0 average start with a 10.5 average finish. 

Race Rewind:  Kimball finished 10th in Round 4 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi team ran an aggressive race, starting from 17th position and withstood incidents that caused a total of seven caution periods, totaling 19 laps, over the 75-lap race.  The team would make its impact through quick pit stops, making its first stop for fresh alternate tires and a splash of fuel on lap six.  During the third caution period, Kimball would run as high as fourth position as cars began to cycle through.  Over the course of seven caution periods, Kimball would take advantage of strong restarts on the 2.536-mile 11-turn street circuit.  Running in sixth position on lap 32, Kimball showed strength and passed the No. 11 to nab fifth.  Kimball held 10th position with eight laps remaining, where he would eventually cross the finish line to score his second top-10 of the season (fourth, Barber Motorsports Park in Round 2).


2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Standings 

Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s

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Mitch Davis – Team Manager 

No. 83
Crew Chief: Mark Sampson Composite/Body/Inside Front Tire: John Montgomery
Engineer: Brad Goldberg Inside Front Tire: Steve Nanisnak
Assistant Engineer: Ryan Van Klompenburg Fueler/Transport Driver: Phil Davis
Rear End Mechanic/Outside Rear: Brad Wright Fabricator: Chris Kopp
Front End Mechanic/Air Jack: Pat Nelson Track Help/Rear Tire Helper: Dave Padgett
Rear End Mechanic/Outside Front Tire: Josh Junge Transport Driver/ Front hose: Mike Clark
Gear Box/Inside Rear Tire: Reid Esquivel Spotter: Lee Orebaugh


Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Overall his teams have 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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